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E ast B ay R egional C ommunication S ystem Phase 3. An intermediate step that will bridge us to our final training phase and the soon-to-be district wide transition to the EBRCS. Training objectives. Complete Phase 3 training -carefully review all packet items -skills and quiz

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e ast b ay r egional c ommunication s ystem phase 3

EastBayRegional Communication SystemPhase 3

An intermediate step that will bridge us to our final training phase and the


district wide transition to the EBRCS

training objectives
Training objectives
  • Complete Phase 3 training -carefully review all packet items -skills and quiz
  • Cover the District’s Phase 3 implementation plan and associated timelines

Let’s first take a look at where we’re headed

Below is the temporary block of 9 zones that we will navigate during phase 3

Notice the new Alphabetical zone names!

here s where we ll soon be with the ebrcs
Here’s where we’ll soon be with the EBRCS

In the Phase 4 training process to begin later this year, we will all be working with and learning much more about this fleetmap and the protocols governing the use of each of these zones, talkgroups and channels

first let s review portable radio best practices
First, let’s reviewportable radio best practices
  • Shielding from noise and wind
    • Turn away from noise and wind protecting your radio mic while speaking clearly with a firm, medium voice volume
    • Hold the RSM mic 1”-2” from your mouth when speaking
  • SCBA mask interface with the RSM
    • Hold the RSM flush against or as close as possible to the voicemitter, which is located opposite the voice amp. Doing this will consistently produce the best audio quality and increase FF safety
  • Poor audio quality -feedback, modulation or echo
    • This may be caused by two or more radios with volumes set too high that are in close proximity of each other during a transmission
      • To help with this, everyone should attach the RSM in close proximity to their (preferably left) ear so radio volumes can be lowered but still clearly heard
    • Audio quality has been found to be inconsistent or poor when the RSM is held against the voice amp during a transmission.
review continued
Review continued...
  • Quick rebooting/power cycle
    • Done if the radio freezes/malfunctions or fails its self-test on power up (Can also be performed with the mobile)
  • Locking your radio!
    • Done as soon as radio is set for incident operations
    • This policy is for everyone’s personal safety
    • If not done, an accidental zone change or the turning off of your scanning function can take place
  • Remember- “NO LIST” is displayed, the radio won’t transmit/receive
    • To avoid this from happening you must add a channel/talkgroup to your scan list or turn the scanning function off
safety issue this is what happens when you don t keep your rsm attached as is policy
Safety Issue!This is what happens when you don’t keep your RSM attached –as is policy

Grunge or corrosion to the contact points can cause an unexpected critical failure of the radio!!!

now some radio systems review
Now, some radio systems review
  • APX radios use three methods of transmitting and receiving
    • EBRCSdigital trunking system
      • This will become our new system -utilized for the vast majority of our radio traffic
      • We transmit and receive via “talkgroups” when operating on this system
      • Similar to cell phones, when operating on this system our new radios need reception to work with a master computer which in turn manages and prioritizes each radio transmission we send or receive
      • With system coverage, all talkgroups are capable of very clear, countywide transmitting and receiving. This includes “at scene” tactical radio traffic
      • 3 coverage cells exist; East, West, Central, each with it’s own dispatch talkgroup
    • VHS conventional system
      • This is our current system that will remain in service with a much reduced role
      • We transmit and receive via “channels”when operating on this system
      • This system will provide our primary Wildland Zone as well as an EBRCS backup
      • Some VHF examples are: VCON C, CDF T2, VFIRE 21, CALCORD
    • “Direct” 700Mhz system
      • There are two non-repeated direct “channels”, (Direct 1-2-3-4 or 5) in each of our four primary EBRCS zones - Bravo, Charlie, Echo and Foxtrot (RMD)
      • They offer good building penetration but limited distance and are line of sight only
      • Backup channels to our primary EBRCS incident & FF emergency talkgroups
      • Radio display example: “DIR 5”; verbal example: “Direct Five”
more on backup systems
More on backup systems…
  • Once we switch, zone “Kilo” will be our primary VHF backup zone for an EBRCS failure. It will contain most of our old but familiar channels such as: Con Central, East and West as well as TAC B,C,D, and E
  • Zone “Kilo” and all its “channels”, will operate and keep the same characteristics as they do today but will display a “V” at the beginning of each channel -as a VHF i.d.
  • If operating at incident or in an area that is OUT OF RANGE, our Direct700Mhz channels, provided in each of our primary EBRCS zones, will ensure quick at-scene tactical backup channels.
what is ebrcs interoperability
What is EBRCS interoperability?
  • Interoperability is the ability to communicate with other agencies
    • Examples: Public Works, PDs, Calstar, County HazMat, AMR
    • The “county common” is a single talkgroup slated to be located in each agency’s EBRCS zones
      • This will provide simple interoperability for smaller incidents
    • Interoperability zones
      • These are zones used on major incidents for multiple

agency/discipline communications

      • Provides multiple channels/talkgroups
    • West County radio operations
      • Having the same radio and system allows for better interoperability but back and forth zone changes are still required
      • Richmond incidents operate in the RFD zone, all BN 7 incidents operate in the Con West zone -No change
phase 3 reprogramming
Phase 3 Reprogramming
  • The New Fleetmap
    • We will no longer indentify zones by number
    • Zones will now be identified by the military alphabet, Alpha through Zulu (A-Z). After Zulu, zones are named as follows (AA, AB, AC…) Alpha/Alpha, Alpha/Bravo, Alpha Charlie…and so on. see next slide for illustration
phase 3 reprogramming cont
Phase 3 Reprogramming cont…
  • We will temporarily move our current block of 9 zones much deeper into the fleetmap for use until Phase 4 has been complete
  • Our block of temporary zones will start with

(AI) “Alpha/India” and ends with (AQ) “Alpha/Quebec”

  • VHF channels’ names will now begin with a “V”
      • See zone (AI) “Alpha/India” CON EAST- “VTAC B” on the next slide
  • Base station radios will remain as are currently programmed –No Changes
  • Stations & apparatus will receive a laminated temporary zones fleetmap –next slide
new radio functionality
New Radio Functionality
  • Buttons & switches changes are covered in the new APX 7000xe Portable Radio Information Sheet and this PPT
  • Buttons and switches on the mobile and base station radios has not changed.
  • The radios have a new enhanced voice announcement
  • Scan list capacity is now 6 per zone
  • Training zone “India” is set up to function the same as our EBRCS zones and training is encouraged whenever possible to prepare for Phase 4

A White piece of tape located on top of the antenna signifies that your portable radio has been properly reprogrammed with the Phase 3 changes

new button switch configuration

16-PositionSelect Knob:

Channel or Talk Group



3 Sec Activate

3 Sec Reset

APX 7000XE

Lock On/Off:

Side Buttons & RSM 1 Dot Button

RSM One Dot Button:-with lock off

Screen Light -short press

Screen Flip -long press

Top Side Button:

Scan On/Off -short press

Scan List Programming -long press

Scan List Add/Delete -short press


Hold for fast scroll

PTT Button:



To Exit Scan Programming

ABC Switch:

**Conventional Channels Only**

A&B = Monitor Off

C = Monitor On

Volume Switch

Push To Talk


Hold for fast scroll

New Button/Switch Configuration

The New Control Functions

status indicators review

APX 7000XE

Status Indicators -Review
  • Status Icons


Radio is scanning a scan list.

Priority Channel Scan

• Blinking dot = Radio detects activity on

channel designated as Priority-One.

• Steady dot = Radio detects activity on channel designated as Priority-Two.

No List will appear when the scan button is activated and the user has not set a scan list. (Scan List is Empty)

*Will not Transmit or Receive when Displayed.

The 112 x 32 pixel top monochrome display screen of your radio shows the radio status and operating conditions.


The number of bars (0 – 4) shown indicates

the charge remaining in the battery. Blinks

when the battery is low.

Received Signal Strength Indicator


The number of bars displayed represents

the received signal strength for the current

site, for trunking only. The more stripes in

the icon, the stronger the signal.

View/Program Mode

Radio is in the view or program mode.

• Blinking = Program mode


Channel is a Line-of-sight


identifying status indicators review

APX 7000XE

LED Indicator

Identifying Status Indicators -Review
  • LED Indicator

The LED indicator shows the operational status of your radio.

Solid red – Radio is transmitting.

Blinking red – Radio is transmitting at low battery condition.

Rapidly blinking red – Radio has failed the self test upon

powering up or encountered a fatal error. Reboot the radio

Solid yellow – Channel is in use. *Conventional only

Solid green – Radio is powering up, or is on a non-priority

channel while in the Scan List Programming mode.

emergency button review

APX 7000XE


  • Emergency Operation
  • Sending an Emergency Alarm

This feature allows you to send a data transmission, which identifies the radio sending the emergency, to the dispatcher.


1. Press and hold the preprogrammed Emergency button. 3 second old to activate/reset

The display shows EMERGENCY and the current zone or channel. A short, medium-pitched tone sounds and the LED rapidly blinks red


An invalid tone sounds if the selected channel does not support the emergency button (wildland zone) or the radio can’t reach the EBRCS system (out of range)

phase 4 preparations
Phase 4 preparations
  • Final steps/preparations for launch are underway
    • New SOP’s and policies are in development
    • System coverage testing will always be ongoing and problem areas should be reported to the email address below
  • Training with the system
    • Using the training zone is encouraged
    • Understanding the new fleetmap prior to EBRCS launch
    • Extensive crew level training to occur in Phase 4 and prior to EBRCS transition
  • Complete EBRCS transition
    • Flipping the switch -2014 date TBA

Questions, comments, concerns to:

[email protected]


You can contact a Communication Technician, your BC or a Training Captain